Up 26,446 this week

Ten Minutes to Live (1932)

 -  Drama | Musical | Mystery  -  March 1932 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.2/10 from 71 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 2 critic

A movie producer offers a nightclub singer a role in his latest film, but all he really wants to do is bed her. She knows, but accepts anyway. Meanwhile, a patron at the club gets a note ... See full summary »



(adaptation), (story)
0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 06 Jan 2012
a list of 151 titles
created 13 Oct 2012
a list of 100 titles
created 4 months ago
a list of 680 titles
created 4 weeks ago
a list of 50 titles
created 3 weeks ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Ten Minutes to Live (1932)

Ten Minutes to Live (1932) on IMDb 4.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ten Minutes to Live.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Film-Noir | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Frank Johnson flees police after becoming an eyewitness to murder. He is pursued around scenic San Francisco by his wife, a reporter, the police, and... the real murderer.

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe, Robert Keith
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Through a fluke circumstance a ruthless woman stumbles across a suitcase filled with $60,000, and she is determined to hold onto it even it if means murder.

Director: Byron Haskin
Stars: Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Guests at a luxury hotel are horrified when they witness a man literally "disappear into thin air." The vanished man's relatives hire a detective, who goes to the hotel to investigate the disappearance.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Stars: William 'Stage' Boyd, Claudia Dell, Huntley Gordon
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Adults who grew up as slum kids meet later in life, but murder disrupts their reunion.

Director: Ray McCarey
Stars: Victor McLaglen, William Gargan, Paul Kelly
The Red House (1947)
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An old man and his sister are concealing a terrible secret from their adopted teen daughter, concerning a hidden abandon farmhouse, located deep in the woods.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Lon McCallister, Judith Anderson
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A seaplane departs for China. On board are a nurse escaping a loveless marriage to do work with refugees, a woman hoping to surprise her estranged son, a wealthy heiress trying to distance ... See full summary »

Director: James Whale
Stars: Madge Evans, John Boles, Bruce Cabot
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A paroled prisoner hits a man attacking a woman. He runs away scared that he may have killed him - he did not. From a book "Woman in the Dar" by Dashiell Hammett.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Fay Wray, Ralph Bellamy, Melvyn Douglas
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A private detective finds himself with a perfect new secretary. But after a notorious gossip columnist turns up murdered, she may prove too good to be true.

Director: Philip Ford
Stars: Adele Mara, Warren Douglas, William Frawley
Sucker Money (1933)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A phony spiritualist hypnotizes the daughter of a wealthy banker in a scheme to swindle the banker out of his money. A reporter investigating the swami discovers the plot, determines to expose it.

Directors: Dorothy Davenport, Melville Shyer
Stars: Mischa Auer, Phyllis Barrington, Earl McCarthy
Inner Sanctum (1948)
Film-Noir | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A man fleeing the police after having committed a murder hides out in a boarding house in a small town.

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Charles Russell, Mary Beth Hughes, Dale Belding
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A man dreams he committed murder, then begins to suspect it was real.

Director: Maxwell Shane
Stars: Paul Kelly, DeForest Kelley, Ann Doran
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A young woman plans to marry, but her mother and brother--a lawyer--don't like her prospective husband and scheme to prevent the marriage.

Director: Oscar Micheaux
Stars: Lucille Lewis, Walter Fleming, Laura Bowman


Complete credited cast:
Lawrence Chenault ...
Gary Martin
A.B. DeComathiere ...
Anthony (as A.B. Comathiere)
Laura Bowman ...
Ida Morton
Willor Lee Guilford ...
Letha Watkins
Tressie Mitchell ...
Charlotte Evans
Mabel Garrett ...
Ida Groves
Carl Mahon ...
Galle De Gaston ...
George Williams ...
Lorenzo Tucker ...
The Godfather
William A. Clayton Jr. ...
Donald Heywood ...
Master of Ceremonies


A movie producer offers a nightclub singer a role in his latest film, but all he really wants to do is bed her. She knows, but accepts anyway. Meanwhile, a patron at the club gets a note saying that she'll soon get another note, and that she will be killed ten minutes after that. Written by

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Musical | Mystery


Not Rated




Release Date:

March 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ten Minutes to Kill  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The dancers in the nightclub scene were actually chorus girls from the world-famous Cotton Club in New York City. See more »


Featured in Black Shadows on the Silver Screen (1975) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

58 Minutes of Confusion
23 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Ten Minutes to Live" was one of the first Oscar Micheaux films to emerge in modern times; it was first discovered by AFI in the 1970s. At that time, very little else of Micheaux was known to exist, and at the time no modern film scholar had seen anything like it, nor was it generally known that anything like it had been made at all. At the time, "Ten Minutes to Live" seemed so unique and out of the ordinary that such critical notices as were written tended to be charitable. Nevertheless, those who then saw the one, terribly battered print of "Ten Minutes to Live" weren't sure what Micheaux was up to; whether it was some kind of art film or some species of genre that they did not recognize. Fast forward four decades and we know a lot about Micheaux and the kinds of films that he made, and "Ten Minutes to Live," in that context, has suffered badly. It is clear now that the film is a failed narrative; in fact, two narratives drawn from an alleged short story collection entitled "Harlem After Midnight." The tales are called "The Faker" and "The Killer" and the front title promises three stories, but the film delivers only two. Perhaps Micheaux' later film "Harlem After Midnight" constitutes the third story not shown here. In any event, Micheaux never published these stories and it is difficult to make out from this film what exactly the narrative was.

Time has not brought us a better print, and the one we have shows the telltale intrusions of censorship. In the first story, a fellow who claims to be a wealthy producer or something-or-other turns on the charm with several women. He tells one singer he can only pay her $3.25 a day to appear in a talking picture, and that appears to have been about the daily budget that Micheaux had to make "Ten Minutes to Live." There are so many ellipses and shortcuts that you can hardly tell a story is being told at all, and in the first part it so frequently interrupted by vaudeville acts and cutaways to non-speaking characters that you wonder who is actually participating in the tale told. The dancing, though, is all excellent, if not always shot to the best advantage, and in one scene the girls are crammed into a space so tight that they can barely move. Donald Heywood and his hard-working band are definitely an asset to the picture, even when their music is cut into little bits and shards, or interleaved with snatches of Beethoven symphonies. It is not completely foolproof, however; at one point a musician loses his music off the stand, and in yet another the whole band loses it place in the music, with the violinist diligently leading them back to the head.

Despite the front title card's assertion that this is an "All Talking" picture, the second story, "The Killer," is strictly a part-talkie, and plays for most of its length silent. One wonders if this was something Micheaux had made earlier as a silent and merely added to "Ten Minutes to Live" with a few talking scenes added. Overall, as a film it is far more interesting than the first part and contains several beautiful visual touches, but these are mostly in the silent filmed sections. Once the sound returns, conversation is heard while a character, ostensibly in hiding, is seen overhearing and reacting to it -- for a very long time.

While "Ten Minutes to Live" is not Micheaux' best effort by a long shot, it is also not his worst, and it would be his weirdest if "Swing!" didn't exist. If you approach it as a kind of arty affair and enjoy the dancing and music, you still might get something out of it. If you try to follow "Ten Minutes to Live" as a conventional story, however, you will get hopelessly lost. Not all actors are credited, and some are here credited incorrectly; some appear to be playing more than one part in the story, and there are lots of silent-style subtitles and letters to make things all the more mystifying.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Dancing deforest-1
Discuss Ten Minutes to Live (1932) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: